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Useful Cantonese phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Cantonese. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.


Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ


English 廣東話/粵語 (Cantonese)
Welcome 歡迎 (Funyenk)
Hello 你好 (Ney how!)
喂 (Way?) - on phone
How are you?

I'm fine, thanks. And you?
你好嗎? (Ney how ma?), 點呀? (Dim a?)
我幾好,你呢? (Ngo gey how. Ney ne?)
好好 (How how.), 幾好 (Gey how.)
Long time no see 好耐冇見 (How noi mow gin wo!)
What's your name?

My name is ...
你叫乜野名呀? (Ney giu matye meng a?)
你點稱呼呀? (Ney dim cenkfu a?)
我叫作 ... (Ngo giujow...)
Where are you from?

I'm from ...
你係邊國人呀? (Ney hay bin guog yant a?)
我係 ... 人 (Ngo hay ... yant.)
Pleased to meet you 好開心見到你 (How hoisamp gindow ney!)
Good morning 早晨 (Jowsant!)
Good afternoon 午安 (Ng ngon!)
Good evening 晚安 (Man ngon!) 晚上好 (Manseong how!)
Good night 早抖 (Jowtaw!)
Goodbye 再見 (Joigin!) 拜拜 (Baibai!)
Bon voyage 一路順風 (Yatlow sontfonk)
Excuse me 唔該 (Mgoi)
How much is this? 呢個幾多錢呀? (Nigo geydo cin a?)
Sorry 對唔住 (Doymjeu!)
Thank you

Response (You're welcome)
多謝 (Doje!) - for a gift, 唔該 (Mgoi!) - for a service
唔駛 (Msay!), 唔駛客氣 (Msay haghey!)
冇問題 (Mow manttay!), 不用客氣 (Batyonk haghey!)
Where's the toilet? 廁所喺邊度呀? (Ciso hay bindow a?)
洗手間喺邊度呀? (Saysawgan hay bindow a?)
Would you like to dance with me? 你想唔想同我跳舞啊? (Ney seong-m-seong tonk ngo tiumow a?)
I love you 我愛你 (Ngo ngoi ney!)

Language difficulties

Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ

Do you speak English? 你講英文嗎? (Ney gong Yenkmant ma?)
Does anyone speak English? 有人講英文嗎? (Yaw yant gong Yenkmant ma?)
Do you speak Cantonese?

Yes, a little
你識唔識講廣東話呀 (Ney sek-m-sek gong Guongdonkwa a?)
我識講小小啦 (Ngo sek gong siusiu la!)
I don't speak Cantonese 我唔識講廣東話 (Ngo m-sek gong Guongdonk wa.)
Please speak more slowly 你可唔可以講慢小小呀? (Ney ho-m-ho'yi gong man siusiu a?)
請你講慢啲 (Ceng ney gong man di!)
Please say that again 唔該你講多一次吖? (Mgoi ney gong do yatci a?)
唔該再講 (Mgoi joi gong!)
Sorry, I didn't get that 對唔住,我唔明白 (Doy-m-jeu, ngo m-menkbag.)
What did you say? 你講乜嘢話? (Ney gong matye wa?)
Please write it down 唔該你寫低吖! (Mgoi ney se day a!)
唔該筆記 (Mgoi batgey!)
Can you translate it for me? 你可唔可以幫我翻譯呀? (Ney ho-m-ho'yi bong ngo fanyek a?)
What does this mean? 呢個點解呀? (Nigo dimgai a?)
How do you say ... in Cantonese? ... 喺廣東話入邊點講呀? (... hay Guongdonkwa yapbin dimgai a?)
How do you pronounce that? 呢個點讀呀? (Nigo dim dok a?)
I understand 我明白嘞 (Ngo menkbag la!)
I don't understand 我唔明白 (Ngo m-menkbag.)
Do you understand? 你明唔明呀? (Ney menk-m-menk a?)

In the hotel

Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ

There's a problem in the room 間房有啲問題 (Gan fong yaw di manttay.)
There's no hot water 冇熱水 (Mow yidsoy.)
The tap/faucet is leaking 水喉漏水 (Soyhaw lawsoy.)
The drain is blocked 坑渠塞咗呀 (Hangkoy sak jo a!)
The air conditioner is too noisy 冷氣好嘈呀 (Langhey how cow a!)
I would like to move to another room 我想換過間房 (Ngo seong wun guo gan fong.)
When should I vacate the room? 我幾時要退房呀? (Ngo geysi yiu toyfong a?)
I'd like to check out 唔該, 埋單 (Mgoi maidan!)
I'd check out on this date 我嗰日會走 (Ngo go'yat wui jaw.)
Please call a taxi for me 唔該幫我叫架的士吖 (Mgoi bong ngo giu ga deksi a!)
May I see the bill please? 我可唔可以睇吓賬單呀? (Ngo ho-m-ho'yi tay ha jeongdan a?)
How much is the total bill? 帳單總數系幾多錢呀? (Jeongdan jonksow hay geydo cin a?)
Can I have an itemised bill? 唔該畀張詳細賬單我吖!
(Mgoi bey jeong jeongdan ngo a!)
I think there's a mistake on this bill 我覺得呢張賬單有一度錯咗
(Ngo gogdak nijeong jeongdan yaw yatdow co jo.)

Making a lunch/dinner date

Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ

Are you free for lunch? 我地一齊食晏晝好嘛?
(Ngodey yatcay sekngan how ma?)
Are you free this evening? 你今晚得唔得閒呀? (Ney gampman m-dakhan a?)
Can you suggest a place for lunch? 可以介紹個食晏嘅地方嗎?
(Ho'yi gaisiu go sekngan ge deyfong ma?)
Can you suggest a place for dinner? 可以介紹個食晚餐嘅地方嗎?
(Ho'yi gaisiu go sek mancan ge deyfong ma?)
I'll meet you there 我地喺個度見 (Ngodey hay bindow gin a?)
I'll meet you then 我地到時見 (Ngodey dowsi gin la!)
Can I have your phone number? 可以講你個電話號碼我知嗎?
(Ho'yi gong ney go dinwa howma ngo ji ma?)
Can I have your address? 可以講你個地址我知嗎?
(Ho'yi gong ney go deyji ngo ji ma?)
This is my phone number 呢個喺我嘅電話號碼 (Nigo hay ngo ge dinwa howma.)
This is my address 呢個喺我嘅地址 (Nigo hay ngo ge deyji.)

Eating out

Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ

Is there a restaurant near here? 附近有冇餐館呀? (Fugant hawmow canteng a?)
I'd like to reserve a table 我想訂一張枱 (Ngo seong deng yat jeong toi.)
We have a reservation 我地訂咗張枱嘠嘞 (Ngodey deng jo jeong toi gahla!)
Do you have an English menu? 你地有冇英文餐牌呀? (Neydey yawmow Yenkmant canpai a?)
Can I see the wine list? 我可唔可以睇吓個酒單呀? (Ngo ho-m-ho'yi tay ha go jawdan a?)
I am a vegetarian 我食齋 (Ngo sek jai.)
Bon appetit 食飯! (Sek fan!) - eat, 食啊! (Sek a!)
Cheers/Good health! 干杯!(Gon bui!) 饮胜!(Yamp senk!) 敬酒 (Genk jaw!), 飲杯 (Yamp bui!),


救命呀! (Gawmeng a!)
火燭呀! (Fojok a!)
停低! (Tenkday!)
Call the police! 叫警察! (Giu genkcad!) 報警! (Bowgenk!)

Special occasions

Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year
聖誕節同新年快樂 (Senkdan Jid tonk Santnin failog!)
恭喜發財 (Gonkhey fadcoi!) - used at Chinese New Year
Happy Easter 復活節快樂 (Fokwud Jid failog!)
Happy Birthday 生日快樂 (Sangyat failog!)

Other phrases

My hovercraft is full of eels 我隻氣墊船裝滿晒啲鱔 (Ngo jeg heydinseun jong mun sai di sin.)
One language is never enough 一種語言永遠不夠 (Yat jonk yeuyin wenkyeun m-gaw.)

Ä ä Ë ë Ï ï Ö ö Ü ü - Ã ã Ẽ ẽ Ĩ ĩ Õ õ Ũ ũ Ñ ñ - Â â Ê ê Î î Ô ô Û û = Á á É é Í í Ó ó Ú ú Ń ń Ḿ ḿ - À à È è Ì ì Ò ò Ù ù Ǹ ǹ Ṁ ṁ Ṃ ṃ


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